At Rainbow’s End: An Interview with Jim Norton

Tony-winning Irish actor Jim Norton has returned to Broadway in Finian’s Rainbow, a joyful big-budget revival of a golden-era classic that’s become that rare thing: an almost critic-proof Broadway musical. CAHIR O’DOHERTY talks to the veteran Irish actor and his A-list Broadway castmates about starring in the most hotly anticipated show of the season. Irish poet and dramatist Oscar Wilde...

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The First Word: Look to the Rainbow

“I’ve an an elegant legacy / Waitin’ for ye, / ’Tis a rhyme for your lips / And a song for your heart, / To sing it whenever / The world falls apart!  Look, look / Look to the rainbow. / Follow it over the hill / And the stream. Look, look / Look to the rainbow. / Follow the fellow / Who follows a dream.”   – “Look to the Rainbow” lyrics from Finian’s Rainbow It...

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Remembering Frank McCourt

Why we loved him Tom Cahill, Colum McCann, Peter Quinn and others pay tribute to Frank McCourt I saw Frank a couple of weeks before he passed. It was at the Irish Repertory Theatre gala fundraiser in June. He had just finished his last round of chemo. He looked fine. I spoke to him for a couple of minutes but I didn’t say anything that I wanted to say.Frank was my hero and I was in denial. And...

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An Irish Welcome for the Champ

Thousands turned out to welcome Muhammad Ali, 67, to Ennis, County Clare, the birthplace of his great-grandfather, on August 30. The purpose of his and his wife Lonnie’s visit was to inspire awareness and support for the recently established Alltech-Muhammad Ali Center Global Education and Charitable Fund, and also for the Muhammad Ali Center in the Alis’ hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The...

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The 2009 Wall Street 50 Awards

The annual Wall Street 50 event brought together national leaders from every sector of the financial world. Police commissioner Ray Kelly, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Chairman of The American Ireland Fund, and many other luminaries from the Irish-American community gathered to celebrate the honorees. Of the evening’s many highlights were the words, excerpted below, offered by Brian Moynihan,...

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